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Smalley, Phillips 1865-1939

Overview
Works: 41 works in 65 publications in 1 language and 794 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Short films  Drama  Documentary films  Film adaptations  History  Nonfiction films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Romance films  Historical films 
Roles: Actor, Director, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.430233092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Phillips Smalley
Pioneers : first women filmmakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores
The blot by Lois Weber( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The daughter of an underpaid professor works in the library, where she is admired by a wealthy student. When she becomes ill, the family's financial predicament becomes painfully apparent
Unseen Cinema 4: Inverted Narratives( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

INVERTED NARRATIVES is part of the retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. In this collection, early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters. Experimental fantasies are depicted in such independent productions as MOONLAND (c.1926), LULLABY (1929), and THE BRIDGE (1929-30). Depression era films by socially-conscious filmmakers reshape drama as demonstrated in Josef Berne's brooding BLACK DAWN (1933) and Strand and Hurwitz's biting NATIVE LAND (1937-41): each pictures a raw reality. Parody and satire find their mark in Theodore Huff's LITTLE GEEZER (1932) and Barlow, Hay and LeRoy's EVEN AS YOU AND I (1937). David Bradley's SREDNI VASHTAR BY SAKI (1940-43) boasts an inadvertent post-modern attitude. 12 films by featured directors: Roger Barlow, Lionel Berman, Josef Berne, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer, David Bradley, Boris Deutsch, Frontier Films, Mike Gordon, D.W. Griffith, Harry Hay, Theodore Huff, Leo Hurwitz, Irving Lerner, Ben Maddow, Neil McQuire, NYKino, William A. O'Connor, Le Roy Robbins, Philips Smalley, Ralph Steiner, Paul Strand, Seymour Stern, Willard Van Dyke, Charles Vidor, Lois Weber, Christopher Young. Curated by Bruce Posner and produced by David Shepard. "Just one of the amazing things this series of early American avant-garde films drives home is just how far into the belly of the Hollywood beast the experimental filmmakers progressed."--The Guardian. "The creative explosion that took place at the margins of Hollywood." - Le Monde
Tell me a story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saved From The Flames is a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups, presents amazing treasures, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrate era. This anthology is based in part upon Retour de Flamme, a screening series from Lobster Films, Paris, and upon films from The Blackhawk Films Collection. The video Tell Me A Story has narratives from 1912-1913, including For His Son by D.W. Griffith, Suspense by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley, and The Heart of an Indian (also known as The Indian Massacre) by Thomas Ince, all mastered from beautiful 35mm film elements
Treasures III : social issues in American film, 1900-1934( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second program in a series of 48 movies that helped change America. During the first decades of the 20th century no issue was too controversial for movies ... from prohibition to abortion, unions, atheism, the vote for women, worker safety, juvenile justice, homelessness and immigration, these films became the catalyst for social change
The dumb girl of Portici( Visual )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story concerns a 17th century Neapolitan, Masaniello, who leads an uprising against the Spaniards, and his sister, Fenella, a mute, who loves a Spanish nobleman and dies to protect him
Pioneers : first women filmmakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development : slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores."--Container
Pioneers, first women filmmakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores."--Set Container. Disc two of six disc set
Pioneers, first women filmmakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores."--Set container. Discs four and five of six disc set
Shoes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eva Meyer is poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. Each week, Eva returns to her cold-water flat and dutifully hands over her meager earnings to her mother. But her wages barely cover the grocer's bill and cannot provide for decent clothing. With only cardboard to patch the holes in the soles of her shoes, Eva's life becomes harder with each rainy day and every splinter. In constant pain and with no solution in sight, the disheartened girl considers the uninvited advances of Charlie, a cad with clearly dishonorable intentions. So begins Lois Weber's SHOES, perhaps her finest masterpiece and one of the great feminist films in the history of cinema. Whenever the press reports on the current dearth of women directors, there is mention made of Lois Weber, the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and wrote many groundbreaking films -- dramas that combined social and political critiques with moving personal narratives -- but because her finest films have long been unavailable and others have been poorly presented, Weber's reputation has always quickly retreated back into the dustbin of history. Together, with the recent publication of Shelley Stamp's Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press), Milestone is working to reinstall Weber into the pantheon of great filmmakers. Thanks to the incredible restoration work of the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Milestone celebrates the film's 100th anniversary with a release that will be an important addition to every women's studies and every film history course. Weber adapted her script for Shoes closely from a short story by Stella Wynne Herron published in the January 1, 1916 issue of Collier's. Herron's inspiration for her story came from social reformer Jane Addams's 1912 book on prostitution A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil, which Herron quoted in her epigraph: "When the shoes became too worn to endure a third soling and she possessed but 90 cents toward a new pair, she gave up the struggle; to use her own contemptuous phrase, she 'sold out for a new pair of shoes.' "Weber weaves a beautifully simple story with a technique much celebrated in post-WWII Italy as neorealism. Shooting exteriors around Los Angeles -- including a remarkable scene in Pershing Square and the actual front of Woolworth's on Broadway -- and meticulously recreating a Five and Dime Store interior, Weber created a documentary feel of a young woman's life unmatched by any film of the era. The director's brand-new discovery, sixteen-year-old Mary MacLaren (resembling a young Jennifer Lawrence) is the embodiment of youthful innocence and too-early world-weariness. Much like the 1912 English play "Hindle Wakes," Shoes is a plea for women's equality (women's suffrage was still a hard-fought political goal in both countries), but where one celebrated a woman's right to sexual freedom, Weber's film portrays the reality and tragedy of a shop girl in modern society. The Shoes restoration by the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam combined a Dutch nitrate print and a 1930s American "comedic" reissue of the film called Unshod Maiden found at the Library of Congress. Thanks to the 2016 discovery of the original script and intertitles in the 16mm microfilm files at NBC/Universal, the Milestone edition more closely reflects the original film. Prominent musicians and composers Donald Sosin and Mimi Rabson have created a mesmerizing and incredibly moving score to accompany Shoes
Inverted narratives : new directions in storytelling( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters. Experimental fantasies are depicted in such independent productions as Moonland (c. 1926), Lullaby (1929), and The Bridge (1929-30). Depression era films by socially-conscious filmmakers reshape drama as demonstrated in Josef Berne's brooding Black Dawn (1933) and Strand and Hurwitz's biting Native Land (1937-41) on the labor movement: each pictures a raw reality. Parody and satire find their mark in Theodore Huff's Little Geezer (1932) and Barlow, Hay and Le Roy's Even as You and I (1937). David Bradley's Sredni Vashtar by Saki (1940-43) boasts an inadvertent post-modern attitude"--Container
Pioneers : first women filmmakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores
Suspense( Visual )

2 editions published between 1913 and 2018 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The direction of this early thriller, displaying a powerful command of film style unusual for its time, is credited to Philips Smalley but it is thought that his wife, Lois Weber, also the film's star, had a dominant role in its making
Saved from the flames. 54 rare and restored films 1896-1944( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Persuade me: Eleven films designed to influence, including vintage promotional films featuring Laurel & Hardy (dubbed in French), Michel Simon and Jacques Tati, puppet animation by George Pal, three WW-II era musical shorts, and Master Hands, a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet. Also includes two U.S. election campaign films: California election news #2, produced by MGM to scuttle the campaign of Upton Sinclair for Governor of California, features fake "candid interviews" by actors. Hell bent for election features cartoons by Chuck Jones in a labor-sponsored film for Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1944 presidential campaign. Tell me a story: Features three shorts produced from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith (For His Son), Lois Weber (Suspense), and Thomas Ince (The Heart of an Indian). In For his son a father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Suspense is a one-reel thriller in which a tramp threatens a mother and child, while the father races home to their rescue. The heart of an Indian: When Indians attack a white settlement, a brave kidnaps a white baby to give to his wife as a replacement for their dead baby. The series concludes with a reel of "Stolen kisses," a compilation of kissing scenes from 1920s cinema
How Mosha came back( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This short provides an interesting early example of a Jewish screen character: the nebbish who dreams of physical prowess. The character, Moshe, is sad about not winning the heavyweight championship and decides on a rematch. Introduced at the fight as weighing 98 pounds, Moshe is afraid when the "champ" is introduced at 240 pounds. When his "second" administers dope via a syringe, Moshe, who has been losing up to that point, defeats the champ and is the hero. Then he wakes up and realizes it was all a dream"--Container
Sunrise : a song of two humans( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A villager in love with a city woman tries to kill his wife; later he repents and spends a happy day with her
Sensation seekers( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Billie Dove, the 'American Beauty' of the silent era, stars as an out-of-control flapper seeking salvation in this rare feature from groundbreaking female director Lois Weber. Egypt Hagen is a hedonistic party girl whose main concern is the pursuit of her own pleasure. While engaging in her daily sunbathing ritual, she meets Norman Lodge, a man of the cloth unimpressed by her daring swimming attire. Entranced by his sanctity, Egypt falls for the noble reverend, despite his pending engagement. Declaring herself a new woman, she faithfully attends Norman's sermons in hopes of catching his eye. But old habits are hard to break, and a casual visit to a speakeasy lands Egypt in jail. Now the foolhardy girl must redeem herself to Norman before he embarks on his marriage, dashing all her dreams and hopes ..."--Container
Where are my children?( Visual )

4 editions published between 1916 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

District attorney Richard Walton, a believer in eugenics, grieves because his wife is childless and takes pride in the child of his sister, who contracted a eugenic marriage. When Dr. Malfit is convicted for sending a book through the mail that advocates birth control, Walton supports him. Lillian, the Walton's housekeeper's daughter, is seduced by Mrs. Walton's visiting brother. She dies during an abortion performed by Malfit and Walton prosecutes. Walton then discovers Malfit's account book and finds out the many times that his wife and her friends have had abortions
Lois Weber( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten silent films by Lois Weber
Fine feathers( Visual )

1 edition published in 1912 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An artist prepares a picture entitled Fine feathers for an upcoming exhibition and gets involved in a love match with the man who is commissioning the picture over the woman the artist initially hired to work for him
 
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Alternative Names
Smalley, Wendell Phillips, 1865-1939

Languages
English (29)